Nashville 15th January 1864
MAJOR GENERAL G. H THOMAS
Can you not order Gen Paine to the command of a Brigade in the front. He is entirely unfit to command a Post. 1 General Rousseau 2 will send you by mail some statements of, his administration of affairs. If nothing better can be done I advise that you send a Staff Officer to investigate fully and report upon his administration, and if then found advisable, I will relieve him.
U. S GRANT
Telegram, copies, DLC-USG, V, 34, 35; DNA, RG 393, Military Div. of the Miss., Letters Sent; ibid., Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 103. On Jan. 15, 1864, 1:30 P. M., Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas telegraphed to USG. "I do not think it advisable for Genl. Paine to come to the front. His rank will entitle him to a Division, and if not placed in command according to rank I should have constant trouble with him. I think it better to have his conduct enquired into and his position fixed according to deserts" Copy, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Cumberland, Telegrams Sent; ibid., Military Div. of the Miss., Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxii, part 2, 103.